Top five Caribbean foods for a healthy prostate
November has become known as Movember all over the world - when men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, to raise awareness and funds for men's health - specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
So this November, we at Loop are doing our bit for men's health by helping to raise awareness of prostate cancer, and helping men live a healthier lifestyle.
Healthy fats, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory foods, can help to keep the prostate healthy. Here are some of the top foods from the Caribbean that fit into these categories.
Certain Caribbean fish such as barracuda and mackerel provide “good fats” that help prevent inflammation in the body. Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), help to safeguard against prostate cancer.
Lycopene, found in the cell walls of tomatoes, is a powerful antioxidant. Cooking helps to loosen the bond, making it easier for the human body to access the antioxidant and send it to the prostate. Tomato sauce, paste, juice, sundried tomatoes and tomatoes cooked in olive oil are healthy alternatives.
Studies suggest that eating cruciferous vegetables can lower risk of getting prostate cancer. Broccoli contains the phytochemical sulforaphane, which is said to target and kill cancer cells. There are other vegetables in the same family that have similar beneficial effects including cabbage, bok choy, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
Legumes, such as beans, peanuts, and lentils, contain biologically active plant compounds known as phytoestrogens that may have cancer-fighting properties which could suppress tumor-growth in prostate cancer cells.
Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants. Scientists believe that the antioxidants found in pomegranates exclusively target prostate cancer cells and not healthy cells.